Worldwide smartphone sales beat those of feature phones for the first time ever in the first quarter of 2013, said research firm IDC.
IDC reports that smartphone sales grew by four percent in Q1 of this year. The firm found that Samsung was the leader in global smartphone sales for the quarter. Apple reportedly came in second with over six percent growth in smartphone sales year-over-year.
"Phone users want computers in their pockets. The days where phones are used primarily to make phone calls and send text messages are quickly fading away," said Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker.
"As a result, the balance of smartphone power has shifted to phone makers that are most dependent on smartphones."
According to IDC's report, vendors sold over 418 million mobile phones in Q1. Of those phones sold, over 216 million were smartphones. Year-over-year sales of smartphones were said to have grown by over 41 percent.
Samsung has continued its reign as the biggest vendor of smartphones globally. The IDC reports that the Galaxy S4 maker sold over 70 million handsets in Q1 2013. With the haul, Samsung took over 32 percent of the global smartphone market.
IDC's report showed that Samsung smartphone sales have grown over 60 percent since the same quarter last year. The report found that Samsung shipped more smartphones than the next four most popular vendors combined in Q1 2013.
Apple came second, with over 37 million handsets sold during the quarter and the IDC said that Apple owned over 17 percent of the market in Q1. IDC analysts say the firm's success was powered by the release of the iPhone 5 late last year.
LG rounded out the top three biggest global sellers for smartphones. The IDC found that LG returned to the top-five, after a two-quarter absence. LG moved over 10 million smartphones for the quarter. In Q1, the firm sold over 5 million more handsets on a year-over-year basis.
IDC touted the firm's growth as a sign of success for its L series and Nexus 4 handsets. Both models succeeded despite not having LTE-enabled antennas.
The IDC report comes as part of its quarterly mobile phone tracker programme. Studies from the report gauge worldwide phone sales from over 150 vendors.
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